Here’s a link to get you up to speed.
White people often bring up “context” in defense of racism.
Miley Cyrus made the “slant-eyed” face but protested that people took it wrong and “out of context!”
The Tribune discontinued running a much “beloved” illustration called “Injun Summer” and noted its “innocence of context.”
A Villa Park council member, Deborah Pauly, was videotaped stirring the racist pot to a boil. When confronted, she said the tape was edited to “completely change the context.”
Murray State University professor Mark Wattier thought two black students were late to his class. His comment: “Do you know why you were late? There’s a theory that a way to protest their master’s treatment was for slaves to be late.” (Click the link to read the students’ version.) What did he say in his own defense? “My comment was inappropriate. I regret having said this out of context and bluntly.”
Of course, I think that context is often difficult to understand. Continue reading